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Journal articles and online resources

Library Search is a fast and intuitive search system that enables you to search a wide range of LSE Library content, including journal articles, all in one place. 

In addition, our databases cover materials from a wide range of publishers and will provide more information than you could retrieve from a single publisher's ejournal site. As not all resources are available via Library Search we also recommended searching individual databases. 

  • Some databases will link to the full text of article - look for the LSE Full text button; others will give you bibliographic details only.
  • Databases can also include information on book reviews, book chapters, grey literature, government reports, theses and so on.
  • Don't assume a simple Google search will find all articles.

Key databases

Use the Subject guides to identify and locate the widest range of online resources in politics, economics, geography, history, political economy, law, philosophy, and international relations. 

General Social Science Databases 

Business Source Complete

  • Content: A leading business research database which provides access to the text of more than 2,300 journals covering business, management, finance and market research topics.
  • Date range: 1886-
  • Updates: Continuously updated


  • Content: Premium database for Economics. Abstracts and references to journal articles, books, working papers etc.
  • Date Range: 1969-
  • Updates: Monthly

European Sources Online (ESO)

  • Content: ESO provides access to information on the institutions and activities of the European Union, the countries, regions and other international organisations of Europe - includes journal articles, news articles, official documents, legislation, working papers etc.
  • Date Range: 1969-
  • Updates: Monthly

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)

  • Content: Broad range of social science topics, particularly strong on Anthropology, Economics, Politics & Sociology. Abstracts and references to journal articles, book reviews and chapters from edited books.
  • Date range: 1951-
  • Updates: Weekly

ISI Web of Science via the Web Of Knowledge

  • Content: There are 3 ISI files which can be cross searched: Science, Social Science and Arts & Humanities.
  • Coverage: Abstracts and references to journal articles and book reviews
  • Date range: 1956-
  • Updates: Weekly
  • Features:
    • Enables citation searching in addition to searching by keyword
    • Set up citation alerts to inform you of new entries citing your key papers

Science Direct

  • Content:  ScienceDirect provides access to 11 million full text journal articles and ebooks, plus some encyclopedias and reference works covering all aspects of science, technology and medicine. This includes materials relevant to the study of  business and management; decision sciences; economics and marketing.
  • Date Range: 1995-


  • Content: Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources. With over 20,500 titles from more than 5,000 publishers in the scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields and also in the arts and humanities.
  • Date range: 1823-
  • Updates: Daily